MAP#69: The Pit and the Pendulum

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Happy Halloween!

The Spanish Inquisition, started in 1478 by Ferdinand and Isabella, was used to rid Spain and the Spanish Territories of heretics. The Spanish Inquisition targeted Catholics who strayed from the Catholic teaches and expanded to Jews, Muslims and non-Catholic Christians.

Being convicted by an Inquisition tribunal didn’t also led to death, but it almost guaranteed torture. Torture to confess your sins, torture to renounce your evil ways or to name other heretics.

Today on the Halloween inspired episode we are going to listen to Edgar Allan Poe’s The Pit and the Pendulum. It’s a tale of one man’s experience as he is tried, sentenced and tortured for crimes against the cross.

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In this episode we discuss:

  • The Spanish Inqusition
  • Edgar Allan Poe’s The Pit and the Pendulum

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